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Game Preview: Flames vs Colorado Avalanche

After a four day break, the Flames get back at it tonight as the Colorado Avalanche come to down for the first of five meetings between the two clubs this season. The Flames are coming off a huge victory on Saturday against the Oilers, while Colorado played last night in Vancouver, falling 3-0.

Late Surge Can't Stop the Avalanche

The Red Wings put forth a similar effort to their past two games against the Avalanche but lost by one again. The Avalanche's top forwards provided consistent offense scoring in each period. The Red Wings maintained little consistent pressure during the first two periods and were unable to catch Colorado with a strong surge in the third period. 

Colorado came out firing and were up 2-0 before three minutes had ticked off the clock. Gabriel Landeskog scored from the low slot just 1:35 in off a pass from newly acquired Steve Downie. Downie who was part of the quasi-three way trade with Tampa Bay that sent Kyle Quincey to Detroit was a key factor for Colorado in the game.


It's Time to Rebound

The Red Wings seek to rebound with a stronger offensive effort tonight against Colorado. The Wings' power play has been anemic over the past 10 games, and they've only mustered 4 goals over the past two games. Mike Babcock wants to see more energy from his team and the Wings need to stop looking lost without Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup.

Detroit leads the season series 2-1, winning the first two games easily by scores of 3-0 and 5-2. Colorado won the most recent matchup in December 4-2. Johan Franzen leads the Wings in this series with 5 G, 0 A including a hat trick in the 5-2 win. Danny Cleary has 2 G, 2 A in the series. Gabriel Landeskog has put up 1 G, 2 A against Detroit ...

Kyle Quincey Back to Detroit

The Detroit Red Wings might have solved their defence dilemma with what I think is a great move for the organization going forward. 

Kyle Quincey, drafted 132nd overall by Detroit in 2003, was dealt from the Colorado Avalanche to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and immediately sent to Detroit for the Red Wings' 1st Round Pick in 2012 and prospect Sebastien Piche.

Piche is a mainstay on the ECHL Toledo Walleye and was only moved because Detroit had 51 contracted players (NHL limit is 50).

Quincey was a call up frequently with Detroit, but a hand injury made him lose the whole 2007-08 season. He was a practice palyer with Detroit's 2008 Cup Championshio team, but did...